Epic Hot Cross Buns

Think that eating healthy over Easter means giving up Hot Cross Buns? Think again! Try my epic Hot Cross Buns this Easter and I promise you won't be missing out!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Resting Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Serves: 12
Course: Dessert, Snack, Treat
Cuisine: Australian


  • 7 g dry yeast
  • 250 ml almond milk or whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2.5 tablespoons rice malt syrup
  • 3 cups wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 orange zested & juiced
  • 2 tablespoon wholemeal spelt flour for the crosses


  • Pour the almond milk to a small saucepan and warm over a low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Whisk the yeast, milk and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup in a jug.
  • Set aside for 10 minutes or until frothy.
  • Combine the flour, raisins, currants, spices and salt in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre of this dry mix.
  • Add the milk mixture.
  • Next add the vanilla, rice malt syrup, orange zest, 1 tablespoon of oil and 1.5 tablespoons orange juice.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Grease a bowl with remaining oil and place dough into the bowl and cover with glad wrap. Set aside for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Flour your hands and transfer dough back to the board, gently kneading for a minute.
  • Shape into 12 buns and place onto prepared tray.
  • Cover with glad wrap and set aside in a warm place for a further 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 160°C.
  • Combine the remaining flour with water to form a smooth paste.
  • Place into a zip lock bag and cut 1 corner from the bag to make a piping bag and pipe crosses onto the buns.
  • Lightly brush with the additional maple syrup and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Nutrition Facts
Epic Hot Cross Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin B3 1mg5%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.